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Hawaii – Island Hopping

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This independent itinerary covers three of Hawaii’s Islands, full of beautiful beaches, Lush forests, active volcanoes and wonderful scenery.   With typically small variations in temperature between the seasons of summer and winter, this is a year round destination and is sure to have something to offer everyone.

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Hawaii Island Hopping

 

Day 1: Oahu

Day 4: Big Island

Day 8: Maui

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Hop between three islands by plane on this independent trip.  Relax on stunning beaches, explore the history of Pearl Harbor, drive the stunning sights along the Hana Highway and learn about the active volcano, Kilauea at Volcanoe’s National Park.

 

Day 1: Oahu                                                               

Your holiday starts with the chance of some rest and relaxation on the third largest of the Hawaiian Islands, Oahu.  Home to the famous Waikiki Beach and historic Honolulu, the island has verdant forests, breathtaking valleys and beautiful beaches.  The events at Pearl Harbour on December 7, 1941 brought the USA into World War II and the Pacific conflict and now memorials remain.  The North Shore offers crashing waves and beaches perfect for surfing, Waimea Valley and Kualoa, Hawaii’s Private Nature Reserve.

Three nights Oahu

 

Day 4: Big Island

Today fly on to Hawaii Island, and pick up your hire car.  The island of Hawaii is often called the Big Island so as not to confuse the name with the whole state, and at almost twice the size of all of the other islands combined the name does seem appropriate.  The island has much to see, from sandy beaches to snow capped mountains, and waterfalls to the active volcano, Kilauea.

 

On the western sunny side of the island are the areas of Kona and Kohala with their excellent beaches. On the east coast lies the island capital Hilo, with quaint downtown wooden storefronts, thriving art scene and local history.  ‘Akaka Falls state park is home to two of the most gorgeous waterfalls on all of the islands, ʻAkaka is the state’s tallest “sheer drop” waterfall, more than 2.5 times taller than Niagara Falls and sits just north of Hilo.  To the south east you will find Hawaii Volcanoes National Park – the islands premier attraction, Kīlauea is one of the most active volcanoes in the world.

Four nights Hawaii Island – We suggest two nights to the west and two nights to the east

 

Day 8: Maui

Take a flight between islands today, once again a hire car will give you the freedom to explore independently.  The second largest of the Hawaiian Islands, Maui, offers well planned tourist facilities with raw natural beauty.  Once a thriving whaling port in the mid 1800’s, the town of Lahaina is today a colourful town and hub for dining entertainment and water sports.  December to April is ideal for whale watching – the waters around Hawaii are the winter breeding and calving grounds of humpback whales. Drive the hairpin turns of the Hana highway. Starting in Kahului and snaking along 54 miles of coastline past lush vegetation and waterfalls – with 600 curves and 54 bridges, this is one of the world’s most scenic drives.  Surrounding the volcanic crater of Haleakala, Haleakala National Park dominates the south eastern side of Maui.

Four nights Maui – We suggest two nights to the west and two nights to the south east of the island.

                                                                                   

Day 12: Depart Maui

Leave Maui today for the onward or homeward journey.

Consider adding to your trip, perhaps another island, plus stays in Los Angeles or San Francisco depending on your international flights.

Hawaii

Picture courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority Tor Johnson

Hawaii

Picture courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority

Hawaii

Picture courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority

Hawaii

Picture courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) Tor Johnson

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Travel the Hana Highway.  The Road to Hana is more than just a great drive through a beautiful area of Maui. You travel through tropical rainforests, see beautiful water falls and get to experience breathtaking scenery on your 52 mile journey.  Its quite an experience.

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Northern California and Southern Oregon

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On this itinerary you will travel though some of the most picturesque scenery in the Pacific Northwest. Start and finish your journey in the vibrant city of San Francisco on this itinerary.

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Northern California and Southern Oregon

On this itinerary you will travel though some of the most picturesque scenery in the Pacific Northwest. Vibrant cities, rolling hills dotted with vineyards, rugged ocean cliffs, unspoiled beaches, redwood forests, dramatic waterfalls, crystal clear lakes and spectacular mountain landscapes…

Day 1: San Francisco
Day 3: Marin Area
Day 4: Eureka
Day 5: Redwoods and Oregon Coast
Day 7: Umpqua Valley
Day 9: Grants Pass
Day 10: Rogue Valley Wine & Farm Tour
Day 11: Crater Lake National Park to Klamath
Day 13: Lake Tahoe
Day 15: Yosemite
Day 17: Depart San Francisco
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On this itinerary you will travel though some of the most picturesque scenery in the Pacific Northwest. Vibrant cities, rolling hills dotted with vineyards, rugged ocean cliffs, unspoiled beaches, redwood forests, dramatic waterfalls, crystal clear lakes and spectacular mountain landscapes…

Day 1: San Francisco
Arrive in San Francisco and transfer to your central hotel for a 2 night stay. Take a city tour, ride the cable cars, take a cruise around the harbour, visit Alcatraz, museums, art galleries, Chinatown.
San Francisco 2 nights

Day 3: Marin Area
This morning pick up your hire car and drive north over the Golden Gate Bridge to Marin County. Explore the picturesque waterfront community of Sausalito, explore the redwoods in Muir Woods before checking in to your bed and breakfast inn.
Novato 1 night

Day 4: Eureka
Head north passing through the vineyards of Sonoma County. Take a detour off 101 onto the Avenue of the Giants and enjoy a picnic in the shade of giant redwoods. Travel to Eureka for an overnight stay in this city surrounded by redwood forested coastal mountains to the east and the beautiful Pacific Ocean to the west.
Eureka 1 night

Day 5: Redwoods and Oregon Coast
Continue north up the coast, stopping for coffee at the charming coastal town of Trinidad “where the redwoods meet the sea.” Stop at Patrick’s Point State Park where dense forests of spruce, hemlock, pine, fir and red alder stretch over an ocean headland with lovely wildflower-festooned meadows. Continue into Oregon, travelling along the Wild River Coast where eight beautiful, wild & scenic rivers tumble down through steep canyons and towering forests on their way to the Pacific Ocean. Explore tranquil beaches, hike the many trails, go bird watching, fishing, crabbing, surfing …
Coos Bay 2 nights

Day 7: Umpqua Valley
Today, travel inland through the coastal mountains to Roseburg and the Umpqua Valley for a 2 night stay. Visit one of the twenty wineries. Spend a day exploring this beautiful area along the North Umpqua River the “Highway of the Waterfalls,” where numerous waterfalls cascade through lush forests.
Roseburg 2 nights

Day 9: Grants Pass
Drive south to the historic river town of Grants Pass on the banks of Oregon’s legendary Rogue River; with white water thrills, forest trails and fly fishing, one of the most popular activities is a hydro jet boat ride through Hellgate Canyon.
Grants Pass 1 night

Day 10: Rogue Valley Wine & Farm Tour
Today take a unique self-guided tour through Southern Oregon, visiting historic farms, ranches, orchards, cheese makers and world class wineries, all set in the breathtaking scenery of the Rogue and Applegate River Valleys. Continue on to Crater Lake National Park for a 1 night stay.
If time allows we would suggest adding a night or two in the town of Ashland. This pretty small town is surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery and is renowned for its cuisine, wineries and live entertainment including the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Each year the OSF presents a season of eleven plays in 3 theatres (Feb – Oct)
Crater Lake National Park 1 night

Day 11: Crater Lake National Park to Klamath
Crater Lake is famously known for its intense blue colour and spectacular views. Take the stunning Rim Drive (summer months only) before heading to the Klamath Basin for a 2 night stay in a resort set in the heart of the Cascade Mountains. This area is renowned for its bird watching opportunities and there is no better way to experience this than on a guided canoe or Kayak trip.
Klamath Fall 2 nights

Day 13: Lake Tahoe
Back into California and to the Lake Tahoe area for a 2 night stay. Swim in the blue, pure, clear water, enjoy hiking, mountain biking, fishing, water sports, tennis and golf.
Lake Tahoe 2 nights

Day 15: Yosemite
Drive south down the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Yosemite National Park. With its spectacular waterfalls, dramatic granite peaks and domes, hiking to suit all levels, alpine meadows and crystal clear lakes this is the perfect place to relax at the end of your trip.
Yosemite 2 nights

Day 17: Depart San Francisco
Back to the coast and San Francisco Airport where you will drop off your hire car in time for your direct overnight flights back to the UK (or if you time why not round of your trip with a couple of nights on the Californian coast)

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Little Gems

Violent volcanic history has sculpted the extraordinary Crater Lake into an area of immense natural beauty.

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New England in the Fall

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Photo courtesy of Visit the USA. Always a winner – New England has so much to offer, from city breaks to fall colours, excellent shopping, skiing and so much more. See the beautiful fall colours on this drive around New England.

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New England

Always a winner – New England has so much to offer, from city breaks to fall colours, excellent shopping, skiing and so much more

Day 1: Boston

Day 4: Kennebunkport
Day 5: White Mountains (New Hampshire)
Day 7: Stowe (Vermont)
Day 9: Wilmington (Vermont)
Day 11: Mystic (Connecticut)
Day 13: Cape Cod (Massachusetts)
Day 14: Depart Boston
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Always a winner – New England has so much to offer, from city breaks to fall colours, excellent shopping, skiing and so much more

Day 1: Boston
Fly to the vibrant city of Boston. Aptly named the “walking city”, history and culture is everywhere. Explore the Freedom Trail, a walking trail linking some of the most important sites in the history of Boston and America. Shop at Quincy Market, take a dinner cruise on Boston Harbour, cross the river to visit Cambridge and Harvard University, or take a whale watching cruise.
Boston 3 nights

Day 4: Kennebunkport
Pick up your hire car then travel up the coast to Maine. En route visit the towns of Salem and Rockport then on to Kennebunkport for an overnight stay.
If time allows you may consider continuing further round the delightful and rugged Maine coast through Rockland and on to Bar Harbor. Surrounded by Acadia National Park, here you can take a whale watching cruise or enjoy spectacular scenery and mountain trails in the park.
Kennebunkport 1 night

Day 5: White Mountains (New Hampshire)
Drive inland today to the White Mountains – the rooftop of New England; a landscape dotted with historic villages and enchanting covered bridges. Visit the dramatic Franconia Notch, a narrow gorge cut by a wild stream which runs through the granite rocks. The Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway gives a breathtaking view of Franconia Notch and the surrounding mountains. Take the Cog Railway up Mount Washington. Explore the famous and scenic Kancamagus Highway
White Mountains 2 nights

Day 7: Stowe (Vermont)
Today cross the New Hampshire border into Vermont. The route takes you through some of New England’s most beautiful scenery. The pretty village of Stowe is your base to explore the area.  The Ben and Jerry’s ice cream factory is near here and a great visit for children of all ages(!)
Stowe 2 nights

Day 9: Wilmington (Vermont)
Drive through the spectacular scenery of the Green Mountains along Highway 100, with its dense forests – home for bears, moose, wild turkey and deer. Stay in Wilmington where you are well placed for visiting the attractive town of Williamstown in the Berkshires.
Wilmington 2 nights

Day 11: Mystic (Connecticut)
South through Massachusetts and into Connecticut and the historic fishing village of Mystic, home to the last surviving whaling vessel. The surrounding villages have several sea Captain’s homes, lighthouses and lobster shacks as well as speciality restaurants. From here you can visit New York City for the day; there is a regular train service.
Mystic 2 nights

Day 13: Cape Cod (Massachusetts)
Depart Mystic for Cape Cod, stopping off at Newport, Rhode Island which is Famous for its late 19th century Gilded Age mansions. Built by America’s aristocracy, these treasure houses are full of gilt, marble paintings and antiques. Explore the beaches and picturesque fishing ports of Cape Cod or take the 45-minute ferry ride over to Martha’s Vineyard or to the old whaling port of Nantucket. Hyannis Port is the main town with a much-visited museum and memorial to John F Kennedy and Falmouth is the picture perfect village. Enjoy a whale watch boat trip from Barnstable or Provincetown.
Cape Cod 2 nights

Day 14: Depart Boston
Drive back to Boston taking time to explore Plimoth Plantation, a living museum depicting Pilgrim life in 1627. Drop off you car at the airport in time for your evening overnight flight back to the UK.

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Shearer Hill Farm’s baked apples for breakfast have to be one of the greatest delights of this itinerary – you have to try them!!
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‘We’ve been back a couple of weeks now but just thought I’d write to say how

much we enjoyed our trip to New England. Really enjoyed Boston and all of
the other places we visited. We saw lots of spectacular ‘fall’ colour
throughout the trip – although some of the locals were saying autumn had
come early this year. Also enjoyed some very warm (75F) and sunny weather
when we got to Cape Cod, a nice end to the trip. Of the places we stayed we
really enjoyed the Adair Country Inn, Shearer Hill Farm and the Platinum
Pebble – great places and superb hosts at all.  Everything went seamlessly
with the arrangements throughout the trip – all very much appreciated.

Starting to think about next year!

Many thanks & best regards

John & Donna Savage’
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